The Baltimore Pride 2017, also known as “Pride Unleashed” will conclude this weekend, with a block party and parade set for Saturday and a festival on Sunday.
GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) oversees the operations of Baltimore Pride, which was founded in 1975.
Pride Week kicked off on June 9, hosting a series of parties and events, including Feeding the Homeless Community Outreach, Pride Bar Crawl, King & queen of Pride Revue, Pride Interfaith Celebration, Remembering the Pulse victims vigil, a GLCCB open house, Queer People of Color Party, Twilight on the Terrace fundraiser and the mayor’s reception at the City Hall.
The parade, scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m., will start at Charles and Eager streets and end in the Station North area. The parade route has been extended this year, making it the longest ever with the largest number of participants.
A “pre-Pride extravaganza show” is set to kick off at 12:30 p.m. at City Stage – Charles Street and North Avenue. The traditional High Heel Race will follow the show at the location.
The block party has been relocated between 23rd Street and North Avenue. The Main Stage will be set up at Charles Street. The block party will begin at 4 p.m. and run through 10 p.m. The headliner of this year’s block party is Big Fredia, who will perform at 9 p.m. on the main stage. Other performers include Miss MD P.O.A., King of Pride, Jessica Sutter, Coco Wilson, Tan Estintric Odom, George Lovett and Baltimore’s Eagle’s Nest.
A Youth Zone will also be set up for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 20. The event will feature several entertainers including Summer Heights, Bunns of Steele, Keyayshia and Positive Voices.
The Baltimore Eagle, G•A•Y Lounge, Grand Central, Leon’s/Steampunk, The Drinkery and Flavor are among the gay bars that will be hosting special parties to celebrate Pride Week.
A festival, scheduled for Sunday will be held in Druid Hill Park and feature vendors, foods, beverages and an Elder Tent, which is new this year, for older LGBT people.